AKUT Participated in the Management of Europe's Largest Exercise

AKUT Participated in the Management of Europe's Largest Exercise
AKUT Participated in the Management of Europe's Largest Exercise
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The biggest of the “EU-Modex Field Exercise” events to date was successfully held in Tekirdağ between 11-14 November 2021, hosted by AKUT and AFAD. 378 from France, Austria, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Greece participated in the exercise, in which AKUT also took part in the management team and field management; A total of 1337 people, including 1715 people from Turkey, participated. AKUT participated in the exercise with a total of 13 teams and 100 volunteers from Bursa, Denizli, Manisa, Kuşadası, İzmir, Marmaris, Peninsula, Ankara, Afyonkarahisar, İstanbul, Eskişehir, Kocaeli and Tekirdağ. The Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu also attended the event, which was held for the first time in our country, and received information about the exercise and the work done from the Chairman of the Board of AKUT, Recep Şalcı. The exercise ended with the closing ceremony, where Tekirdağ Governor Aziz Yıldırım presented the participating teams with their certificates.

AKUT, the first search and rescue non-governmental organization of our country; Being the first Turkish organization to be accredited within the scope of INSARAG within the UN, being the first Turkish search and rescue team to enter the European Civil Protection Pool (ECPP) within the scope of the EU Commission's European Civil Protection Mechanism, and being the partner of the consortium organizing the "EU-ModEx" exercises. added a new one to its success.

The largest exercise to date, with 7 participants from 1715 countries.

AKUT was held in Tekirdag between 11-14 November 2021, with the participation of 378 people from France, Austria, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece and 1337 people from Turkey, in total 1715 people, which are included in the European Civil Protection Mechanism. Experience of search and rescue teams by acting jointly in search and rescue and medical intervention activities after disaster and earthquake kazanTo date, the largest of the EU-Modex Field Exercise held for the purpose of hosted and also took part in the management team and field management.

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Tekirdağ Governor Aziz Yıldırım also attended.

The exercise, which took place in the 7,4 magnitude earthquake scenario and lasted for 3 days, was carried out in the areas of rescue from high floors, fire response from the sea, rescue from a crane, transportation accident, search for lost water, medical rescue, and medical evacuation by helicopter. The exercise, in which the Minister of Internal Affairs Süleyman Soylu also participated and received information from the Chairman of the Board of AKUT, Recep Şalcı, about the work carried out; It ended with the closing ceremony in which Tekirdağ Governor Aziz Yıldırım presented the certificates to the teams participating in the exercise.

AKUT participated in the exercise with a total of 13 teams and 100 volunteers from Bursa, Denizli, Manisa, Kuşadası, İzmir, Marmaris, Peninsula, Ankara, Afyonkarahisar, İstanbul, Eskişehir, Kocaeli and Tekirdağ. During the exercise, the operational team of AKUT, working in 4 different debris fields as per the scenario, with its disciplined and devoted volunteers and search and rescue dogs Bob and Athamaz; He delivered the bodies of 4 earthquake victims and 1 citizen to the medical teams by crossing the difficult tracks prepared. Experienced AKUT volunteers in the exercise management distribute and follow up the scenarios that need to be implemented to national and international teams; AKUT volunteers in the field management carried out managerial tasks such as checking the occupational safety of the work area and the teams, reporting the malfunctioning situations, ensuring that the exercise scenarios are realized as determined and corrected if there is any deviation from the scenario.

EU Commission Representative Gerard Guerin: "I'm sure people will remember this successful exercise even years later."

In a statement made by EU Commission Representative Gerard Guerin, “Even years later, I am sure that when people look back, they will remember this ModEx exercise as the beginning of fruitful work, solidarity and cooperation between AKUT, AFAD and the European Civil Protection Mechanism. We are happy to successfully realize the biggest EU ModEx to date in Tekirdag Turkey. We would like to thank the managers and volunteers of AKUT and AFAD for their joint efforts. With this exercise, we further strengthened the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.” it was said.

President of AKUT Recep Şalcı: “This success is the success of a quarter-century-old tradition.”

AKUT President Recep Şalcı stated that the success they have shown in the presence of the UN and EU Commission as AKUT is the product of their quarter-century-old traditions; “We are justifiably proud of reaping one of the most important fruits of this effort, with the largest exercise ever held in Turkey. We have strengthened the international prestige of AKUT and our country by working in harmony with foreign teams in an international practice environment. Together with AFAD, we successfully hosted the EU ModEx exercise, in which our Minister of Interior, Mr. Süleyman Soylu participated, for 4 days. We gave our Minister detailed information about the exercise. For the first time with AKUT, at ModEx, where an NGO consisting entirely of volunteers is a consortium partner; Again thanks to AKUT, we conducted the largest ModEx exercise organized by a partner in their country. As the first organization in Turkey accredited by the UN and EU, actions such as successfully representing our country in disasters abroad and taking part in the management of an international exercise are very important success stops. As with all of our successes, the architect of this success is our valuable volunteers.” said.

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